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The original lineup of Wolfmother performing in 2007. Left to right: Andrew Stockdale, Myles Heskett and Chris Ross.
Background information
Also known asWhite Feather (early 2009)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres
Years active2004 (2004)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website wolfmother.com
Members Andrew Stockdale
Katie McGurl
Hamish Rosser
Brad Heald
Past members Chris Ross
Myles Heskett
Aidan Nemeth
Will Rockwell-Scott
Vin Steele
Elliott Hammond
Alex Carapetis
Ian Peres
Dave Atkins

Wolfmother are an Australian hard rock band from Sydney, New South Wales, formed in 2004 by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett after four years of jamming and songwriting. The group currently includes Stockdale and drummer Hamish Rosser. Wolfmother released its self-titled debut album Wolfmother in Australia in 2005 and internationally in 2006. The album reached number 3 on the Australian Albums Chart and the top 40 in the U.S. and the U.K., and has to date sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

Sydney City in New South Wales, Australia

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,131,326, and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.

New South Wales state of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In March 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 7.9 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

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Ross and Heskett left the band in 2008. Stockdale returned with a new lineup featuring Peres, rhythm guitarist Aidan Nemeth, and drummer Dave Atkins in 2009, releasing Cosmic Egg later in the year. The album reached number 3 in Australia and the top 20 in the US. After more personnel changes, the group released its third album in 2013 as Keep Moving , a Stockdale solo album. Later that year, Wolfmother returned as a trio featuring Peres and drummer Vin Steele for 2014's New Crown . The band released its fourth album, Victorious , in 2016.

<i>Cosmic Egg</i> album by Wolfmother

Cosmic Egg is the second studio album by Australian rock band Wolfmother, released on 23 October 2009. It is the first album by the second lineup of the band, featuring vocalist, songwriter and lead guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, rhythm guitarist Aidan Nemeth and drummer Dave Atkins, formed in 2009 after original members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett left in August 2008. Upon its release, Cosmic Egg peaked at number three on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart, the same position as the band's first album. The album was the only studio release by the band to feature Atkins, who left the band in April 2010 during the Cosmic Egg promotional tour cycle.

<i>Keep Moving</i> (Andrew Stockdale album) album by Andrew Stockdale

Keep Moving is the debut solo studio album by Australian hard rock musician Andrew Stockdale. Initially conceived as the third album by Stockdale's band Wolfmother, it was later announced to be a solo album after the temporary disbandment of the group in March 2013. Recorded by the then latest Wolfmother line-up between 2011 and 2013, Keep Moving was released by Universal in June 2013.

<i>New Crown</i> album by Wolfmother

New Crown is the third studio album by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. Recorded at Mates Rehearsal Studio in Los Angeles, California and The Shed in Byron Bay, New South Wales, it was produced by the band's frontman Andrew Stockdale and self-released on 23 March 2014, initially as a digital download only available on Bandcamp. It was later reissued physically.

Wolfmother has been categorised by various commentators within the genres of hard rock, including heavy metal, stoner rock, and psychedelic rock. The band is often compared to influential classic rock and metal bands from the 1960s and 1970s, including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, and AC/DC. Frontman Stockdale has typically led songwriting for the group, although the material on the band's debut album was co-credited to Ross and Heskett. Stockdale also produced New Crown, performed bass on Victorious, and remains the only constant member of the band.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Stoner rock, also known as stoner metal or stoner doom, is a rock music fusion genre that combines elements of heavy metal and/or doom metal with psychedelic rock and acid rock. The name references cannabis consumption. The term desert rock is often used interchangeably with the term "stoner rock" to describe this genre; however, not all stoner rock bands would fall under the descriptor of "desert rock". Stoner rock is typically slow-to-mid tempo and features a heavily distorted, groove-laden bass-heavy sound, melodic vocals, and "retro" production. The genre emerged during the early 1990s and was pioneered foremost by Monster Magnet and the California bands Fu Manchu, Kyuss and Sleep.

Psychedelic rock style of rock music

Psychedelic rock is a diverse style of rock music inspired, influenced, or representative of psychedelic culture, which is centred around perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. The music is intended to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs, most notably LSD. Many psychedelic groups differ in style, and the label is often applied spuriously.

History

2000–08: Formation, early years and self-titled album

The genesis of Wolfmother began in 2000 when founding members Andrew Stockdale, Chris Ross, and Myles Heskett started jamming together before officially forming the band in 2004. [1] [2] Prior to this, Stockdale was a photographer, Ross worked in digital media and Heskett worked as a graphic designer. [1] Ross came up with the name of the band. [3] The first live performance of the newly-christened Wolfmother took place on 14 April 2004 at Vic in the Park, a pub in Sydney. [2] [4] The group were signed by Australian independent label Modular Recordings in August 2004, with whom they released their self-titled debut extended play (EP) Wolfmother the following month. [5] The EP reached number 35 on the ARIA Australian Singles Chart. [6] The band toured in promotion of the release for approximately six months, during which time they signed an international recording deal with the Universal Music Group. [1] [5]

Andrew Stockdale Australian musician

Andrew James Stockdale is an Australian rock musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and only mainstay member of the rock band Wolfmother, which formed in 2000. In 2007, alongside his Wolfmother bandmates, he won 'Songwriter of the Year' at the APRA Awards. Aside from his work with Wolfmother, Stockdale was featured on the 2010 single "By the Sword" by Slash.

Chris Ross Australian musician

Christopher James "Chris" Ross is an Australian musician. He was the founding bass guitarist and keyboardist of hard rock band, Wolfmother, from 2000 to August 2008. His trademark stage antic is playing the keyboard at a slant or vertically. At the APRA Awards of 2007 Ross and bandmates, Myles Heskett and Andrew Stockdale, won the Songwriters of the Year category. After leaving Wolfmother with Heskett, the pair worked as Doom Buggy, then they formed Palace of Fire in 2009. In 2011 Ross and Heskett formed Good Heavens with Sarah Kelly (ex-theredsunband). Ross was formerly a digital designer and has three children.

Jam session

A jam session is a relatively informal musical event, process, or activity where musicians, typically instrumentalists, play improvised solos and vamp on tunes, songs and chord progressions. To "jam" is to improvise music without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, except for when the group is playing well-known jazz standards or covers of existing popular songs. Original jam sessions, also 'free flow sessions', are often used by musicians to develop new material (music) and find suitable arrangements. Both styles can be used simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational. Jam sessions can range from very loose gatherings of amateurs to evenings where a jam session coordinator or host acts as a "gatekeeper" to ensure that only appropriate-level performers take the stage, to sophisticated improvised recording sessions by professionals which are intended to be broadcast live on radio or TV or edited and released to the public.

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Bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross (left) and drummer Myles Heskett (right) were members of Wolfmother from 2004 until they left in 2008.

After producing a demo for Universal US imprint Interscope Records in Sydney, [7] in May 2005 Wolfmother began recording their full-length debut studio album in California with producer Dave Sardy. [1] [5] The band rehearsed for six weeks at Cherokee Studios, before recording the album at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, Pass Studios in Burbank and Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood. [7] Sardy took a minimalist approach to the process, aiming to capture the "raw, emotive" nature of the band's live performances and prioritising "the perfect feeling" over a "faultless performance". [1] Additional contributions to the record included Lenny Castro (percussion), Dan Higgins (flute) and Sardy himself (percussion). [8] "Mind's Eye" was released as the first single from the upcoming album on 16 October 2005, [9] reaching number 29 on the Australian Singles Chart. [6]

Demo (music) song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release

A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas in a fixed format, such as cassette tape, compact disc, or digital audio files, and to thereby pass along those ideas to record labels, record producers, or to other artists.

Interscope Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Interscope Geffen A&M imprint. It was originally founded in late 1990 by Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field as a $20 million joint venture with Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records. At the time, it differed from most record companies by giving decision-making authority to its A&R staff and allowing artists and producers complete creative control. It had its first hit records less than a year after it was founded, and achieved profitability in 1993. Iovine served as chairman and CEO until May 2014, when he was succeeded by John Janick.

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 8.8 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Wolfmother was originally released in Australia by Modular on 31 October 2005. [10] The album reached number three on the ARIA Australian Albums Chart and remained on the chart for a total of 78 weeks. [6] By the end of 2007, the album had been certified five times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association, indicating Australian sales in excess of 350,000 units. [11] Wolfmother was also recognised by a number of local critics and bodies – radio station Triple J awarded it the inaugural J Award for Australian Album of the Year, [12] it was nominated for the ARIA Award for Album of the Year in 2006 (and won the awards for Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Rock Album), [13] and eight songs from the album were included on the Triple J Hottest 100 list in 2004, 2005 and 2006. [14] [15] [16] In promotion of the album, the band toured throughout Australia in October and November 2005. [9] They also performed at the Big Day Out festival in January and February 2006. [17]

ARIA Charts main Australian music sales charts

The ARIA Charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling songs and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report which had been Australia's national charts since 1974.

Australian Recording Industry Association

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry which was established in 1983 by six major record companies, EMI, Festival, CBS, RCA, WEA and Universal replacing the Association of Australian Record Manufacturers (AARM) which was formed in 1956. It oversees the collection, administration and distribution of music licenses and royalties.

Triple J Australian radio station

Triple J is a government-funded, national Australian radio station intended to appeal to listeners of alternative music, which began broadcasting in January 1975. The station also places a greater emphasis on broadcasting Australian content compared to commercial stations. Triple J is government-owned and is a division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

After its success in Australia, Wolfmother was later released internationally in early 2006 – in the UK on 24 April, [18] [19] where it reached number 25 on the UK Albums Chart, [20] and in the US on 2 May, [21] [22] where it reached number 22 on the Billboard 200. [23] A number of singles were released from the album, including "Woman" which reached number 34 in Australia, [6] number 31 on the UK Singles Chart [20] and number seven on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. [24] The song later won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, the nomination for which Heskett had previously described as "an honour". [25] The final single from the album, "Joker & the Thief", later reached the top ten in Australia. [6] The worldwide promotional tour included appearances at festivals such as Fuji Rock in Tokyo, Japan, [26] the inaugural Virgin Festival, [27] and Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK. [28] On 14 November 2006, the band performed a cover version of "Communication Breakdown" by English hard rock band Led Zeppelin as a tribute to the band for their induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame. [29]

Stockdale, Ross and Heskett commenced work on the follow-up to Wolfmother in 2007, although Stockdale had previously revealed that he had been working on ideas for the band's next album as early as 2006. [30] One of the new tracks revealed as in the works was "Love Attacker", which the frontman explained was about "people who use love as a weapon to manipulate and get their way through desire". [31] This song was later released as "Pleased to Meet You" on the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack in March 2007. [32] Stockdale described the new material as "cinematic" and "epic", predicting that the resulting album would be released in early 2008. [33] In September 2007 the band released Please Experience Wolfmother Live , their first live video album. [34] The release reached number seven in Australia and was certified platinum by ARIA. [35] [36]

2008–11: Lineup changes and return with Cosmic Egg

Wolfmother returned in 2009 after a brief hiatus with a lineup including Ian Peres, Aidan Nemeth and Dave Atkins. WolfmotherMTVAustralia2009.jpg
Wolfmother returned in 2009 after a brief hiatus with a lineup including Ian Peres, Aidan Nemeth and Dave Atkins.

After their performance at Splendour in the Grass on 3 August 2008, it was reported that Wolfmother "looked tense and uncommunicative with each other", leading to rumours that the band were to imminently break up. [37] In response to the rumours, the band's manager John Watson revealed that he would be "releasing a statement about their status soon". [37] Days later, it was confirmed that the group had split up – in a statement released by Universal Music Australia, it was announced that Ross had left the band straight after the Splendour in the Grass performance due to "irreconcilable personal and musical differences", after which Heskett decided that he would rather leave than remain in the band without Ross. [38] Ross and Heskett continued to work together on a number of musical projects, including The Slew and Good Heavens. [39] [40]

Just a week after the departure of Ross and Heskett, Stockdale returned to recording the planned second Wolfmother album in Los Angeles, initially working briefly with The Raconteurs drummer Patrick Keeler. [41] After returning to Australia, Stockdale enlisted new members Ian Peres (bass, keyboards), Aidan Nemeth (rhythm guitar) and Dave Atkins (drums) for "Wolfmother Phase II". [41] [42] The new band members officially joined on 5 January 2009, [43] before the group performed their first live shows under the name White Feather in February. [41] [42] Recording for the new lineup's first album commenced in March with producer Alan Moulder, with Stockdale describing the material as "a little bit heavier". [44]

The first song released by Wolfmother Phase II was "Back Round", which was made available as a free digital download on the band's official website on 30 March 2009, after its debut live performance the previous week at the MTV Australia Awards 2009. [45] [46] After the rest of the album was recorded, "New Moon Rising" debuted on Triple J in August and was later released as the lead single from the new album, announced as Cosmic Egg . [47] [48] The album was released in October and reached number three in Australia. [6] Cosmic Egg was supported on the New Moon Rising World Tour, which started in September 2009 in Australia and later visited North America and Europe. [49] [50] [51] [52] The group also supported AC/DC on the Black Ice World Tour in Australia. [53] The following year, the album was nominated in the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards for Album of the Year, [54] although it lost out to guitarist Slash's self-titled album Slash (on which Stockdale is featured on the song "By the Sword"). [55] [56]

In 2010, Will Rockwell-Scott replaced Dave Atkins. This lineup began work on Wolfmother's third album in 2011. WolfmotherLollapalooza2010.jpg
In 2010, Will Rockwell-Scott replaced Dave Atkins. This lineup began work on Wolfmother's third album in 2011.

In March 2010, Wolfmother contributed the song "Fell Down a Hole" to the Almost Alice soundtrack. [57] At the end of the month, it was announced that drummer Dave Atkins had left the band. [58] A press release was later issued explaining that the drummer had "decided to leave the band to spend much-needed time at home with his family". [59] It was announced at the same time that Atkins' replacement would be Will Rockwell-Scott, known for his work with Har Mar Superstar and The Mooney Suzuki. [59] The group continued to tour with Rockwell-Scott, although they had to cancel a string of European dates, including a number of festival appearances, in June and July due to an unspecified illness of Stockdale. [60] The following January and February, the band performed at Big Day Out in Australia and New Zealand. [61]

2011–13: Planned third album and Keep Moving

Wolfmother began working on their third studio album in March 2011. [62] [63] In May and June they played a number of European shows, performing new material from the upcoming album for the first time. [64] [65] Interviewed in June, Stockdale revealed that approximately "12 or 13 songs" had been completed and that he was self-producing the album, with engineering to be handled by Aidan Nemeth. [66] The proposed release date of the album was estimated as early 2012, with the band announcing a number of shows in Australia to promote the album; new song titles leaked from set lists included "The Year of the Dragon", "Meridian" and "Everyday Drone/On the Beach". [67] In October 2011, a cover version of the ZZ Top song "Cheap Sunglasses" was featured on the various artists tribute album ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends . [68] The album reached number 121 on the Billboard 200, selling 4,000 copies in its first week. [69]

After relatively few updates regarding the upcoming album, in March 2012 it was reported that former The Vines drummer Hamish Rosser had joined the band, marking the departure of Will Rockwell-Scott. [70] Around the same time, new rhythm guitarist Vin Steele replaced Nemeth and keyboardist and percussionist Elliott Hammond was also added to the group. [71] Both Rockwell-Scott and Nemeth's departures were compared in rationale to those of original members Ross and Heskett, although Stockdale has likened the lineup changes to personnel changes in any other profession, denying accusations from some critics that he was to blame for former members leaving the group. [72] The new five-piece lineup continued recording material for the new album, which was delayed further for a 2013 release. [73] At the end of 2012, Stockdale announced that the "nearly complete" album would be titled Gatherings. [74]

However, in March 2013 Stockdale announced that he would not be releasing the new album under the Wolfmother moniker, and that instead it would be released as a solo album bearing his own name. [75] Describing the project as "a different trip now", [75] he revealed to Billboard magazine in April that the album's name had been changed to Keep Moving , and that it would be released in June. [3] "Long Way to Go" was released as the lead single from the album. [3] Stockdale later elaborated on the decision to cease using the Wolfmother name – speaking to FasterLouder, he noted that his desire to self-produce an album played a part in the change; the band had a "big producer" in line to work on their third album, but Stockdale wanted to release the material he had already recorded, so decided to do so under his own name. [76] Keep Moving reached number 32 on the Australian Albums Chart. [77]

2013–present: Return, New Crown and Victorious

Andrew Stockdale briefly dropped the Wolfmother moniker in 2013, before returning to using it later in the year. Wolfmother (7002459625).jpg
Andrew Stockdale briefly dropped the Wolfmother moniker in 2013, before returning to using it later in the year.

Approximately two months after Stockdale dropped the Wolfmother name and adopted a solo moniker, it was announced that Wolfmother were due to return for a number of shows and potentially a new album. [78] The news was broken when Stockdale's solo shows were cancelled, shortly before a number of Wolfmother shows in the United States were announced in their place. [79] In an interview with Triple M in 2014, Stockdale claimed that he did not intend to drop the Wolfmother name permanently, but instead that it had been temporarily "shelved" for Keep Moving. [80] Shortly after the band's return, Rosser left and Hammond moved over to drums; however, just a month later Hammond himself left as well, citing scheduling conflicts with his other band The Delta Riggs. [81] Hammond later claimed in a 2019 interview that the reason for his departure was "a publicity angle to smooth it over", adding, "There had been a little bit of – like you know, some stuff going on there. But in all honesty, yeah it wasn’t really a scheduling conflict." [82] Hammond was replaced briefly by Tony McCall, who left just a few weeks later due to "personal reasons". [83] Ex David Lee Roth drummer Gregg Bissonette was also enlisted briefly to record with the band, although his drum parts were ultimately not used. [84]

In November 2013, Wolfmother returned after a brief hiatus as a trio for the first time since 2008, with rhythm guitarist Vin Steele moving over to drums. [84] [85] The new lineup's first performance took place at The Northern in Byron Bay, and it was hinted at the same time that the group would be working on new material for an album to be released in March or April 2014. [85] At later shows, new songs "Tall Ships" and "Heavyweight" were debuted. [86] [87] The album, New Crown , was released without a prior announcement on 24 March 2014 as a digital download on Bandcamp. [88] [89] Self-produced by Stockdale, New Crown was also self-released by the band without a record label; speaking about the decision to do this, Stockdale complained that "it's a very long process getting anything done" with a label, noting that to avoid potential delays they took the decision to self-release the album. [80] Despite the lack of label support and promotion, New Crown charted on the US Billboard 200 at number 160. [23]

Wolfmother's self-titled debut album was re-released in September 2015 to coincide with its tenth anniversary. In addition to the original 13 tracks, the album contains five B-sides and 15 rare tracks, including demos and live recordings (11 of which were previously unreleased). [90] In November, the group's fourth album was announced as Victorious , which was released in February 2016. [91] [92] The album, produced by Brendan O'Brien, features contributions from drummers Josh Freese and Joey Waronker. [91] The band promoted Victorious on the Gypsy Caravan Tour, [93] [94] which featured Alex Carapetis on drums. [95] In July 2016, the group supported Guns N' Roses at shows in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as part of the Not in This Lifetime... Tour. [96]

On 14 April 2018, Wolfmother returned as a quintet once again, performing on Mojo Burning festival.[ citation needed ] Cosmic Egg era drummer Dave Atkins returned as a guitar player, new bass player Jake Bennet from Hobomagic and a new unknown keyboardist.[ citation needed ] On 4 May 2018, Wolfmother returned with yet another, different lineup (quartet) Lachy Doley on keyboards and Brad Heald on bass.[ citation needed ] Longtime bass player/keyboardist Ian Peres left the band in early 2018 due to touring commitments with Xavier Rudd [97]

Style and critical reception

Upon the release of their debut album in 2005 and 2006, Wolfmother gained numerous comparisons to influential hard rock and heavy metal bands of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly Led Zeppelin, [10] [98] [19] [99] [100] Black Sabbath [10] [19] [101] [22] and Blue Cheer. [10] [102] AskMen went as far as to rank the band as the second top Led Zeppelin "rip-off" band. [103] Other more contemporary comparisons have included The White Stripes, [19] [101] [104] [22] [10] The Darkness [99] [104] and Queens of the Stone Age. [10] Similarly, the vocals of frontman Andrew Stockdale have been compared stylistically to those of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, [98] [19] [105] [100] [104] Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne, [98] [19] [105] The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey [98] and Jack White of The White Stripes. [106] Many of these comparisons to other bands continued in reviews for Cosmic Egg, [107] [108] [109] [110] New Crown [111] and Victorious. [112] [113]

Despite these comparisons to other artists, Wolfmother was praised by the majority of commentators – aggregating website Metacritic reports a normalised rating of 76, indicating "generally favourable reviews", with 18 of the 22 included critical reviews categorised as positive. [114] Many elements of the band's music on their debut album were praised by critics, including the psychedelic subject matter of the lyrics, [98] the interplay between each member of the band, [100] and the combination of classic and modern musical elements. [22] However, some commentators criticised the album for its derivative nature, claiming that it offered no originality to the genre. [115] Critical reception to Cosmic Egg was less positive, with Metacritic reporting a normalised rating of 65 and many critics noting a lack of invention or progression on the album. [116]

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The discography of Australian hard rock band Wolfmother consists of four studio albums, four extended plays (EPs), 13 singles, 14 music videos and one video album. The band have also contributed to two soundtracks and one tribute album. Wolfmother were formed in Sydney in 2000 by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett. After signing with Modular Recordings and releasing their self-titled debut EP in 2004, the band's debut full-length studio album, also titled Wolfmother, was released in Australia in October 2005 and reached number 3 on the Australian Albums Chart. The album was released internationally the following year, reaching number 25 in the UK, number 22 in the US, and selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide by 2009.

Ian Peres Australian rock musician.

Ian Peres is an Australian rock musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is the bassist and keyboardist of the hard rock band Wolfmother. Peres joined the band in January 2009 as Andrew Stockdale found new members after Chris Ross and Myles Heskett quit in 2008. The same year that Peres joined Wolfmother, the band released their second studio album Cosmic Egg.

Back Round single by Wolfmother

"Back Round" is a song by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. Written by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, the song was the first material released since original band members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett left the band in August 2008. "Back Round" was originally released as a free digital download on the band's official website on 30 March 2009, and was later released as a downloadable single on iTunes on 26 May 2009. In October 2009 the song was featured on the deluxe edition of the band's second album, Cosmic Egg.

New Moon Rising (song) 2009 single by Wolfmother

"New Moon Rising" is a song by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. It was released on their second studio album Cosmic Egg, released in 2009. The song shares its name with an Australian concert tour by the band, the New Moon Rising Tour, and was released as the lead single from the album on 25 August 2009. According to the Australian Recording Industry Association, in 2009 in Australia, "New Moon Rising" was the 49th best-selling single by an Australian artist.

<i>Victorious</i> (Wolfmother album) album by Wolfmother

Victorious is the fourth studio album by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. Recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California with producer Brendan O'Brien, it was released on 19 February 2016 by Universal Music Enterprises. The album was preceded by the release of the title track "Victorious" as a single, which reached number 26 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

Gypsy Caravan Tour

The Gypsy Caravan Tour was a worldwide concert tour by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. Staged in promotion of their 2016 fourth studio album Victorious and named after a song on the album, it is visiting clubs and theatres throughout 2016. The tour began with a North American leg starting in Minneapolis on 24 February, which will be followed by a run of shows in Europe from 8 April. In the summer, the band will perform at a number of festivals in the United States, including Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio.

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